City Council retreat agenda set

Published 11:44 pm Friday, September 17, 2010

Past accomplishments, current problems and future visions all are on the City Council’s tentative retreat agenda, scheduled for Sept. 22-24.

The retreat, which will be held at the Health and Human Services Building, 135 Hall Ave., is open to the public.

City Council members said the annual gathering gives them more time to discuss important issues than they typically get in regular meetings.

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“It gives us a little bit more time to consider some of the more long-term issues that face the city,” Councilman Robert Barclay said. “When you just have a work session and a public hearing, sometimes the issues don’t get the length of time and attention they need.”

“It gives the board a chance to informally discuss issues,” said Councilman Joe Barlow. “You can express your opinions maybe a little bit more.”

Barlow added the retreat also provides an opportunity to discuss the city’s long-range plan.

Topics on the agenda include an update on the U.S. Joint Forces Command proposed closure, accomplishments by various city departments over the past year, a master plan for city facilities, reports on regional authorities and more.

See below for a complete agenda:

Wednesday, Sept. 22

8:30 to 8:30 a.m. — Welcome and Retreat Agenda Review

8:50 to 9 a.m. — Break

9 to 10:45 a.m. — Accomplishments: Economic Development/Tourism, Budget and Finance, Public Safety

10:45 to 11 a.m. — Break

11 a.m. to Noon — Update on U.S. Joint Forces Command issue

Noon to 1 p.m. — Accomplishments: Diversity of Neighborhoods, Health and Human Services, Recreation and Parks

1 to 3 p.m. — Land Use Issues/Processes: Guest speaker Michael Chandler, Zoning/Conditional Use Permits, Unified Development Ordinance

3 to 3:15 p.m. — Break

3:15 to 5 p.m. — Historic District Designation, Land Use/Comprehensive Plan

5 p.m. — Proposed Working Dinner, if needed

Thursday, Sept. 23

8:30 to 8:30 a.m. — Welcome and Retreat Agenda Review

8:50 to 9 a.m. — Break

9 a.m. to Noon — Vision/Proposed Development Plans: Master Plan for City Complex/Facilities, Downtown Vision/Former Obici Hospital Site, 55 Acres in Northern Suffolk and TCC 300 Acres, Proposed Passenger Rail Stops, Neighborhood Development and Redevelopment, Saratoga Neighborhood, Entertainment/Athletic/Recreation

Noon to 12:30 p.m. — Working Lunch

12:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Board/Commissions/Regional Organizations Updates: Suffolk Airport Commission with Airport Authority Proposal, Suffolk Economic Development Authority with outstanding issues and updates, Western Tidewater Jail Authority with operating and capital budget update, Western Tidewater Health District with data analysis and GIS, Western Tidewater Water Authority with overview of programs and activities, Hampton Roads Transit

2:30 to 2:45 p.m. — Break

2:45 to 5 p.m. — Hampton Roads Planning District Commission with transportation, high speed rail and passenger rail, Southeastern Public Service Authority with solid waste disposal and future of SPSA, Hampton Roads Partnership with vision and strategic plan, Hampton Roads Military & Federal Facilities Alliance with budget update, JFCOM action steps and regional action plan, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce with overview of programs and updates and JFCOM update, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance with trends, emerging sectors and target markets, Western Tidewater Community Services Board with child and family services

5 p.m. — Proposed Working Dinner, if needed

Friday, Sept. 24

8:30 to 8:50 a.m. — Working Breakfast

9 a.m. to Noon — Retreat Recap: City-wide Work Program, Regional Initiatives, Legislative Agenda